Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus on Saturday defended the aborted Super League project in the face of "threats" from UEFA.
The three clubs are the only ones from the original 12 yet to renounce the proposed competition that would guarantee its founding members involvement every season, instead of having to qualify.The nine clubs who have dropped out -- Tottenham, Arsenal, Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool, Atletico Madrid, Inter Milan and AC Milan -- were on Friday given a financial penalty by UEFA for their involvement.
UEFA also said it would take "appropriate action" against the three clubs who still support the Super League project. In response, Real, Barca and Juventus said in a joint statement "the founding clubs have suffered, and continue to suffer, unacceptable third-party pressures (and) threats."
"This is intolerable under the rule of law," they added in a joint statement.
Real, Barca and Juventus argued that they and the nine clubs who withdrew "shared the same concerns... that structural reforms are indispensable to ensure our sport stays appealing and survives in the long term".
They said they were "fully aware of the diversity of reactions to Super League" and were "ready to consider the proposed approach, as necessary".